TV chef Sandra Lee has gotten engaged to boyfriend Ben Youcef in France as her ex Andrew Cuomo’s career implodes over sexual harassment allegations in New York.
Lee, 55, accepted 46 year-old Youcef’s proposal throughout a romantic Paris break. They have been seen outdoors L’Avenue restaurant in Paris on Saturday evening after Youcef popped the question.
The couple visited the upmarket brasserie to take pleasure in a romantic dinner collectively. Youcef, 46, seemed to be sporting a band on his wedding ceremony finger, based on images obtained by the New York Post.
Lee and Youcef have been noticed within the City of Love after Cuomo – the New York Governor – introduced he would give up in two weeks on Tuesday, and have been seen over the weekend hitting the city to have a good time their obvious engagement.
‘Ben actually needed to distract Sandra from all of the information, so he whisked her away to Paris,’ an unnamed supply near Youcef instructed the outlet.
‘He is aware of how laborious this has been on her and he needs to verify she feels cherished and supported.’
The supply added: ‘Ben is extremely protecting of Sandra. They’re soulmates and head-over-heels in love.’
Sandra Lee and Ben Youcef have been seen strolling across the streets of St. Tropez earlier this month. They at the moment are reportedly engaged, with Lee noticed sporting her ring in Paris
Friends have mentioned the 2 are ‘soulmates’ and are ‘head-over-heels’ in love. Their engagement comes as Lee’s ex Andrew Cuomo resigned as Governor of New York over intercourse pest claims
The couple have been initially seen earlier this month in St. Tropez, within the south of France, however determined to hit up Paris after the information broke final Tuesday that Cuomo was resigning from his position as governor, efficient August 24.
Just a number of hours earlier, Page Six reported, Lee, the previous chef and writer who broke up with Cuomo in 2019, and Youcef have been seen stopping by a French church within the French Riviera.
Lee and Cuomo by no means received engaged throughout their 14 years collectively. The relationship is mentioned to have ended when Cuomo reportedly cheated on her. The former Food Network star was beforehand married to former KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz from 2001 to 2005.
Youcef, in the meantime, is a faithful father of 5-year-old twins. He separated from his spouse, California-based realtor Apryl Stephenson in 2019 and so they filed for divorce in January 2020.
He is an interfaith chief, an actor and a producer who had his massive break when Steven Spielberg cast him as a Palestinian member of Black September within the 2005 film, Munich.
Before their journey to the City of Love, Youcef, 46, and Lee, 55, explored the market in St. Tropez
Friends have mentioned that Youcef is very protecting of Lee, so he introduced her to Paris after information broke that her ex, Andrew Cuomo, introduced he was resigning as New York governor
Lee and Youcef passionately kissed whereas strolling by means of the market in Saint-Tropez
News of their relationship broke earlier this month, when Lee instructed Page Six that she had lost 25 kilos and was relationship once more throughout a UNICEF Gala in Capri.
They are believed to have met at a charity occasion in Santa Monica again in March, with Youcef making the primary transfer.
A good friend instructed Page Six they have been drawn collectively as a result of they’re each ‘grounded in spirituality,’ with one other saying, ‘We’re simply blissful for her. We need Sandra to be blissful, she deserves it.’
And Lee, a former QVC star who later hosted her personal Food Network present, does look like blissful, telling People, ‘I’m having the perfect summer time of my life.’
Sources instructed the Post that mates have been rooting for them since they met within the spring, shortly after Lee moved to Malibu following her 2019 break-up with Cuomo.
‘Ben is a severe and achieved nonprofit Interfaith chief offering the decision to prayer heard all world wide,’ a supply conversant in the couple instructed Page Six.
Lee had dated Andrew Cuomo for 14 years till she broke up with him in 2019
People near Lee mentioned she struggled to get her life again over the previous two years within the wake of her cut up with Cuomo, with one good friend telling Page Six: ‘It’s very laborious for Sandra to maneuver on – she’s not completed licking her wounds.
‘She’s simply making an attempt to do the perfect she will be able to to maintain her head above water,’ the good friend mentioned, noting that Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal ‘has all been tremendously horrible and painful for her to examine.’
‘Her coronary heart was completely shattered,’ the good friend mentioned, despite the fact that it had been ‘an open secret’ that Cuomo was dishonest on her throughout their time collectively.
‘When she cut up with Cuomo, she has by no means even spoken out about her time with him, she’s at all times saved her mouth shut,’ the unnamed good friend mentioned. ‘She’s simply looking for some type of solace and happiness.’
‘This is the primary pleasure Sandra has had in years,’ one other unnamed good friend mentioned, ‘nevertheless it’s actually not correct to say she’s moved on.
‘She’s spent the previous two years in anguish since her cut up from Andrew. She needed to transfer throughout the nation to get her life again collectively once more.’
Lee moved to Malibu, California following the 2019 break-up, the place she purchased a $3.4million seashore home.
She offered her Mt. Kisko, New York residence – named ‘Lily Pond’ – for $1.85 million final October.
The star was famously seen loading a U-Haul truck along with her possessions earlier than starting the mammoth journey to her new residence on the opposite facet of the US.
Last Tuesday, Cuomo introduced he was resigning as governor amid an lawyer common’s report displaying that he had sexually harassed 11 girls whereas in office
He has continued to disclaim the sexual harassment allegations
Cuomo, in the meantime, gave his two-weeks discover on August 10, simply weeks after Attorney General Letitia James launched a scathing report concluding that he sexually harassed 11 girls whereas in office.
He had repeatedly denied these claims, at the same time as he introduced his resignation, saying: ‘Part of New York robust is being New York good. New York good tells us that this example and second should not concerning the information. It’s not concerning the fact. It’s not about considerate evaluation. It’s about how can we make the system higher.’
‘Now you realize me. I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I’m a fighter, and my intuition is to struggle by means of this controversy as a result of I really imagine it is politically motivated,’ he continued.
‘I imagine it is unfair and it is untruthful, and I imagine that it demonizes habits that is unsustainable for society. If I may talk the information by means of the frenzy, New Yorkers would perceive. I imagine that, however once I took my oath as governor, then it modified. I grew to become a fighter, however I grew to become a fighter for you, and it is your greatest pursuits that I have to serve.’
‘And I feel that given the circumstances, one of the simplest ways I might help now is if I step apart and let authorities get again to governing. And, due to this fact, that’s what I’ll do as a result of I give you the results you want, and doing the best factor is doing the best factor for you. Because as we are saying, “It’s not about me. It’s about we.”’
His resignation goes into impact on August 24.